News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 4, 2012

Geocaching policy for DNR properties revised


News Release

INDIANAPOLIS — Recent revisions to the geocaching policy for Department of Natural Resources properties aim to better balance outdoor recreation and conservation, the agency says in a press release.

Geocaching is a sport in which participants search for “caches” using a GPS unit and coordinates that are listed online. A cache is a small container with a logbook and a few small trinket items. Some caches, known as “containerless caches,” do not have containers and are only coordinates to a location.

The revisions open more DNR properties to geocaching and allow more caches at properties where the sport is permitted. But the caches are also subject to new location restrictions aimed at protecting sensitive natural areas.

As the DNR implements the new revisions, it is also taking action to eliminate unlicensed caches on its properties.

On Tuesday, Geocaching.com will archive and temporarily remove all listings for container-style caches on DNR properties — licensed and unlicensed. Cache owners will then have 30 days to apply for a license. Information on license application is at geo

caching.dnr.IN.gov.

A more thorough explanation of the DNR geocaching policy is at geo

caching.dnr.IN.gov.

Existing containerless caches, which are not subject to licensing, will not be removed unless they violate any new policy limits.